Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, marked the 9th year of agri-food export growth in a row by announcing beef and pork access to Ukraine.
Speaking at the 21st meeting of the Food Wise 2025 High Level Implementation Committee (HLIC), Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, announced the opening of the Ukrainian market for Irish beef and pork. “This agreement follows on from bilateral negotiations between my Department and the Ukrainian authorities, with the assistance of the Irish Embassy in Prague. The opening of this new market is a reflection of the confidence the Ukrainian authorities have in the high standards of food safety and the rigorous controls in Ireland. It marks another important step in the development of Ireland’s agri-food links with Ukraine.”
Details on these new arrangements for trading with the Ukraine are being added to the department’s market access portal and a trader notice will issue for processors and exporters shortly. The development of new market opportunities for the Irish agri food sector is one of the key themes of Food Wise 2025 and is a central part of Ireland’s Brexit mitigation strategy. Minister Creed noted: “The global food market presents significant growth opportunities for the Irish agri-food sector. This is vitally important in the context of Brexit. This is why my Department and its agencies are focusing significant time and resources on opening new markets for Irish exporters.”
In 2018, Minister Creed led trade missions to Turkey, US & Canada, China and Malaysia & Indonesia. One of the highlights of that year was the market access secured for Irish beef to China. Over 1,400 tonnes of Irish beef landed in China in 2018 and there is significant potential for increasing these volumes. The Department also launched an online Market Access Export Information Portal, which is a one-stop-shop for exporters to get detailed market access and export information on open agri-food markets around the world.
In March of this year, Minister Creed led a trade mission to Turkey, focused on the live trade. Further missions are planned to China in May, to Japan and South Korea in June and to Algeria and Egypt in November.